All About Strauss

R. Strauss: Metamorphosen for strings
R. Strauss: “Dance of the Seven Veils” from Salome
J. Strauss II: Roses from the South
R. Strauss: Suite from Der Rosenkavalier

The Strauss family name is synonymous with the Viennese waltz. So, Richard Strauss, the great genius of late Romanticism (from an unrelated clan), joined the dance when he paid tribute to the grand ballroom with the sumptuous waltzes in his opera Der Rosenkavalier. Tonight, it is truly All About Strauss as we enjoy selections by both Johann and Richard, including the latter’s heartrending Metamorphosen for string orchestra.

Brahms German Requiem

Britten: Sinfonia da Requiem
Brahms: Ein deutsches Requiem

Brahms was an established figure already, but it was the 1869 premiere of his great requiem setting for chorus and orchestra which cemented his reputation as one of the most important artists of the era. Written in response to the deaths of the composer’s mother and of his friend and mentor Robert Schumann, Ein deutsches Requiem is a deeply personal, transcendent essay on existential peace and acceptance. The performance is prefaced by English composer Benjamin Britten’s Sinfonia da Requiem of 1940, an unusual and poignant wartime symphony which takes its form and content from the traditional requiem rite.